What’s the Professional Translation Option in WPML

What’s the Professional Translation Option in WPML

When you buy WPML, you get the capability to create multilingual WordPress sites. WPML doesn’t translate your content. It lets you translate or send content to translators. If you need help translating your content, the professional translation option is for you.

Using WPML’s Professional Translation, you enjoy:

  • A simple and convenient process for sending content to translation and receiving it back
  • Access to leading translation services, completely integrated with WPML, who can translate the content for you
  • Competitive pricing
  • Outstanding translation quality

How it Works

How it Works

To use the Professional Translation option, you need to install WPML’s Translation Management module. You also need to register your site to enable professional translation.

Once Translation Management is installed and activated, go to WPML->Translation Management->Translators.

There, under Available Translation Services select the translation service that you want to use. Enter your credentials for the translation service that you’ve selected.

Sending Content to Translation

Sending Content to Translation

Once you’ve selected a translation service and authenticated with your account information (for the translation service), go to the Translation Dashboard (WPML->Translation Management).

Select the content that you want to send to translation. Scroll down to Translation options and choose the languages to translate to. Then, click on Add to translation basket. The Translation Basket is a temporary place to keep track of documents that you intend to send to translation. Adding to the Translation Basket doesn’t trigger actual translation (or payment for translation).

When you are done adding content to the Translation Basket, click on the Translation Basket tab to review them. You can still remove items from the basket before sending to your translation service.

Finally, select the translation service and send the jobs.

Now, the documents that you have selected are going to your translation service. If you need to complete any steps in your translation service, do that now. Some services don’t require any manual steps after sending jobs to translation. Other require making some choices before translation begins.

Receiving Completed Translations

Receiving Completed Translations

When translation completes, you don’t need to do anything. The newly translated or updated content will appear in WordPress for you.

You can always review the status of your content’s translation in WPML->Translation Management->Translators->Translation Jobs

Payment for Translation Work

Payment for Translation Work

Payment for all professional translation work is handled directly between you and the translation service that you’ve selected. WPML doesn’t take part in this payment or in the cost of getting your content translated.

Partner Translation Services

Partner Translation Services

WPML team is working with leading translation services on the technical integration into WPML. Right now, the following translation services are available for you to choose from:


ICanLocalize provides a hassle-free and safe environment for getting translation work. All translators are qualified and hold an academic degree in translation. ICanLocalize translation technology enables translators to work 50% faster and the savings are passed on to you.


Cloudwords offers quality translation for both small and large websites. In-context review guarantees that all published content meets high standards and you can work with your favorite translation service or locate a translation service in the Cloudwords Marketplace.


TranslateMedia provides a professional website translation service for small, medium and large businesses. They help businesses go global by translating website copy and applying SEO to their web pages, blog articles and other digital assets.


Translations.com is a leading provider of enterprise localization services and technology solutions. From offices in 90 cities on six continents, Translations.com offers a full range of services in 170+ languages to clients worldwide. More than 3,000 global organizations employ Translations.com's GlobalLink® Product Suite to simplify management of multilingual content.


One Hour Translation, considered by many the fastest professional translation service in the world, specializes in providing business translations in various fields including legal, technical, websites, applications and software, and marketing.


Gengo is a web-based human translation platform headquartered in Tokyo. The platform currently draws from a network of approximately 10,000+ pre-tested translators working with 34 languages.


Lionbridge is the global leader of translation and localization solutions. With 26 offices in 46 countries, our highly-tested linguistic assets provide quality translations in more than 250 language pairings around the clock. Lionbridge can handle any content, including legal, technical, life sciences, software, and more to provide the solution you need to manage your multilingual content.


Transifex is the leading provider of technology to support the localization and translation of digital content for websites and applications. The Transifex platform enables companies to produce high-quality translations by connecting their sources of digital content to the translation team of their choice.


Capita Translation and Interpreting, one of the fastest growing Language Service Providers in the world, offers accurate, timely and cost effective translation and interpreting services in over 180 languages. We ensure that your key messages can build your brand and make you heard - in any language.

SDL Language Cloud

The SDL Language Cloud connector for WPML provides a seamless link between WPML and SDL Language Cloud, allowing fast and easy management of multilingual web content and translation projects from within WordPress. The connector may be deployed rapidly with minimal IT support, enabling you and your teams to get started in minutes.


TextMaster offers a professional online translation service that enables businesses to easily expand their international reach. By combining advanced technology with a network of verified expert translators, TextMaster is redefining how businesses handle translation. More than 10000 companies in 110 countries trust TextMaster to optimize their translation workflow.

LAT Multilingual

LAT Multilingual provides a full range of language adaptation and localization services in various languages, specializing in the Canadian market. Our team of in-market professionals helps you extend your reach and grow your sales. From websites to social media, we help you take your customer service to the next level by engaging locally with a diverse market place.


POEditor is a global localization platform that helps in the organization and management of strings localization.


Acclaro specializes in expertly adapting brands, products, and services to new language markets.


POZENA is a localization and translation services company that helps the world’s leading brands operate successfully succeed across cultures. POZENA specializes in expertly adapting brands, products, and services to new language markets.

Language Solutions, Inc

Language Solutions, Inc., is an ISO 9001:2008 certified translation and localization services firm. At Language Solutions, we bring together people, expertise and technology to deliver high-value solutions -on time and on budget - for all your language translation needs. From translating global communications to simplifying complex technical writings, our team of experts works with you to establish a strong communications plan - whether it be on a local, regional or global level.


Amesto Translations is a well-established translation provider with over 35 years of experience. We translate to and from more than 200 languages on a regular basis. Our services are used by companies all around the world. Using our services to facilitate your global expansion entails the guaranteed delivery of high-quality translations, enabling you to better communicate your brand.

AT Language Solutions

AT Language Solutions was created 20 years ago with the aim of helping people and companies to communicate in a global environment. Since then, they haven't stopped growing, learning and improving to get to where they are today: an innovative company and a leader in the translation technology sector.

Cultures Connection

Cultures Connection offers SEO-optimized website translations in more than 250 different languages. As experts in web copywriting and SEO optimization, our translations comply with the optimization criteria set by the main search engines.


Net-Translators, a global leader specializing in Website Translation, services customers on 5 continents and in more than 60 languages. Our award winning website translation process is managed by professional developers and project managers. Our translators and reviewers follow a stringent, comprehensive, multi-stage process to guarantee the highest quality and accuracy.

Espresso Translations

Espresso Translations offers professional translation services in a vast number of languages such as Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and more. Our translation company is comprised of a network of professional native translators who have skill sets that are tailor-made to achieve objectives in a professional and timely manner.


With a dedicated team of creative linguists and a strong focus on IT integration and workflow management, Avilinga helps businesses to effectively communicate with their target audience in any market.


If you want to be sure your website is in good hands: take advantage of 35 years of experience and work with translators specialized in your industry who live in the country of your target market. We specialized in multilingual websites and apps.

Pre-selecting the translation service for client sites

If you like to set WPML to use a particular Translation Service use the Preferred Translation Service account option

Adding translation services to WPML

We are always open to new cooperation with translation services. If you are representing a translation service and want to connect with WPML, read how to add translation services to WPML.

Disabling Professional Translation

Disabling Professional Translation

Sometimes, you may not want the site’s admin to see the professional translation services that WPML offers. To completely disable the ‘professional translation’ section in WPML, add the following to the wp-config.php file:


Add it before the text:
/* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */